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November 12, 2010

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Spartadata – Billing iPhone/iPad Credit Card Terminal

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Spartadata - Featured on StartUpLift

Take the Credit Card Terminal wherever your business takes you.
The best iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad Credit Card Terminal Billing App!

Target Audience: All Businesses

Spartadata is the developer of BILLING Credit Card Terminal, an application for the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad that allows anyone with a US based Merchant Account to easily process secure Credit Card Transactions on the go. The only requirement is an Authorize.net account which is the gateway that passes the transactions securely to the processor. The Gateway is PCI compliant and widely adopted as the most popular gateway in the US.

Merchants are not forced or locked into using Spartadata’s Bundled Merchant offer. However it does have one of the most attractive terms around. For just $25 per month and 24¢ + 2.09% you too can begin processing on the iphone, ipod or iPad. No terms, hidden fees or early termination costs.

Spartadata was the first to design and create the on screen signature capture, tip and email functionalities that are now widely copied among similar apps. This dates back to over a year ago when none of the apps did anything more then just process a payment on bland dull calculator designed interfaces. Spartadata’s solid work is a direct result of its innovative design, approach, quality and functionality. Its app has maintained top 10 app in its category within the Credit Card Terminal and Billing app terms for over a year. Being a software company, it has always strived to remain transparent to the merchants and therefore carries high retention and user sessions. This, in turn, has helped it plan future projects and software to cater the needs of its customers.


Feedback sought:

Please take a look at our site and application and give us feedback on your thoughts and ideas. We are always looking for ways to improve and enhance our business and approach.

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    sm3
    Nov 12 2010
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    Hi,

    This is great app – I envision this being largely beneficial for small business owners – especially those that are on the go (cart/stand setups, entrepreneurs, etc.).

    The most useful aspect of the site was the video. Initially I thought this was something a consumer pulled up on their phones when paying for a meal, or consumer item – although, the video cleared any confusion. It’s not hidden, by any means, but it could be placed more prominently above some of the brightly colored text on the home page.

    That brings me to my next point. The page is a little cluttered. It looks a bit like a myspace page with the black background, multi sized and colored fonts, and buttons/icons all over the place. There’s a lot to be said for simplicity -I mean, look at Google. Still, after all these years and billions of dollars, remains true to its core. You can communicate much of what you have on the site in a clearer format.

    The video is good, it’s clear and easy to follow. HOWEVER, the speaker says the word “retarded” (when referring to his signature). This immediately undermined the entire project, application, and website. It’s unprofessional and led me to believe that it’s just a small business still under development (which may be true, but it’s not good when your consumer feels that way too). You are dealing with business professionals as your consumer base, and it’s important they feel you are as professional as they aspire to be.

    That being said, I think this concept has a lot of ground. This is a trend the industry is, and has been, moving towards for some time. If you can gain a first mover advantage by continuing to promote and develop this app and concept, I think you’ll be in a good space. Have you thought of developing a mini printer that can be attached via cord to the phone/ipod/ipad device? It’d be similar to the Nintendo Gameboy Camera/Printer idea about 8-9 years back. This way, customer’s that like paper receipts/ don’t have/don’t use e-mail will feel more validated by the process.

    Just a few thoughts.

    Thanks

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  2. [2]
    Michael Cruz
    Nov 12 2010
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    SM3 Thanks for your feedback. The website was just recently updated but as you mentioned can certainly be further improved. As for the Device support – we are in the process of selecting the ideal hardware components that would best support all 3 apple devices without the need to purchase additional hardware. Security and functionality are key to our efforts so once we have the ideal hardware fit that aligns with our goals we will introduce that once we are fully capable of guaranteeing its capabilities.

    We are in the process of submitting a release candidate update for the app version 1.5 into the Apple store. This version packs a few features and enhancements including a complete iphone 4 overhaul of the UI.

    Again thanks for your feedback.

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    js3
    Nov 14 2010
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    Neat products. I was extremely impressed initially when I saw on your website that the Daily Show had said “Billing App Signature Capture, the others do not do that!”. After watching the video I realized that the Daily show is not the one with John Stewart but rather it was the Daily App Show. Perhaps that should be clarified.

    Also I see that you provide a dongle for Credit Card swiping. It would be good to figure out how that compares to other companies like http://squareup.com

    The initial page needs to be tweaked so that it is not so overwhelming for new time visitors. Just keeping the salient features that communicate your unique solution immediately would be a good start.

    The product seems good, best of luck.

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    The site has wayyy too much information on the landing page. I think the information below the video needs to…
     

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    also, in the navigation, all links except support are capitalized. you might want to change that to be consistent
     

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    Nov 23 2010
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    Thoughts and feedback on spartadata.com: 1) Pro - I do like the color scheme used and I think the…
     

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    Michael Cruz
    Dec 1 2010
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    Thanks for your feedback (All of you) I did update and one commenter noted the Capital on “Support” Nav link… Thanks for pointing all your opinions and I will certainly use this feedback to further improve and grow the website…

    In short my initial goal was SEO driven vs design, now that I have gained some solid rankings I will optimize the overload of text and info as suggested above.

    Thanks Again!

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